At the launch of his Channel 4 series No Offence, Paul Abbott said he hadn’t consciously written “strong female voices” into his show, because that was just a natural thing to do. “Everyone should write female voices strong.” Wise words.
Yet it’s still very unusual to have three women fronting a gritty, funny, intelligent TV drama – and viewers were thrilled. As Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It), Alexandra Roach (Utopia) and Elaine Cassidy (Harper’s Island) solved crimes with the help – and sometimes hindrance – of their male counterparts, Twitter was in awe of the female triumverate.
You don't notice how rare & brilliant it is to have well-written women on TV until you see them for yourself! #NoOffence
— madeleine hindes (@madeleinelily) May 5, 2015
— Juliet Leach (@juliet_leach) May 5, 2015
— Katy Weir (@katyweir1983) May 5, 2015
— Clair Woodward (@Clairywoowoo) April 15, 2015
— Margaret H (@curtainqueen) May 5, 2015
intrigue, strong female leads & thick manchester accents? paul abbott is back on form. #nooffence
— k@ himmel (@kathimmel) May 5, 2015
@GraceERead What was it?
— Roadkill (@Roadkill2104) May 5, 2015
More Joanna Scanlan in everything please #nooffence.
— sara huws (@sara_huws) May 5, 2015
And this Tweet summed it all up in perfect emojis…
— Michael Lee (@yekim_mikey) May 5, 2015
No Offence continues on Tuesdays at 9pm on Channel 4